SURAT MUNICIPAL CORPORATION GUJARAT Best City in ‘Solid Waste Management’ in above 10,00,000 population category in Swachh Survekshan 2019, conducted every year to rank Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in various segments of cleanliness as per the population category.
The Solid Waste Management (SWM) activity of Surat Municipal Corporation is directly linked with generation, storage, collection, transfer and transport, processing and disposal of solid wastes generated in the city. The city has been awarded the ‘Best City in Solid Waste Management’ in the more than 10 lakh population category. It scored 1613 out of a maximum of 1783 marks in the Swachh Survekshan 2019.
In Direct Observation component of Solid Waste Management under the Swachh Survekshan 2019, the city has scored 773 marks out of 790, making it a high performer in terms of maintenance of public facilities and general cleanliness of the city’s commercial and residential areas. During on ground assessment, more than 95% of the Residential Areas and Commercial Areas were found to be substantially clean, undoubtedly a result of all commercial areas being appropriately covered by twin bins and twice a day sweeping.
Furthermore, more than 90 % of the CTs/PTs surveyed were also found to be well lit well ventilated, had electricity connection, water supply/flush, onsite safe disposal system, and IEC messages in the form of hoarding/paintings/banners/ writings.100% of the catchment areas of railway station and bus station that were sampled were found to be clean. Most citizens were also found to have an impressive outlook on the city administration’s initiatives on cleanliness, awareness programs and other Swachh Bharat Mission activities.
Mugal Sarai ~ Mughal Sarai, the Building which is used at present as an office complex by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is one of the ancient monuments of Surat city and was built originally as a ‘Sarai’ or Musafarkhana (travellers’ inn). It was built during the period of Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1644 A.D. and was popularly known as ‘Mugal Sarai’. During 18th century the same building was used as jail. Since 1867 the building was occupied by the present corporation.
This building with its considerable architectural qualities as disposed by the skilful composition of its various parts combined with harmonious combination of arches, cornices, decorated parapets, sculptured patterns on the exterior facade etc. each being disposed in an artistic and effective manner upon a sound foundation with coherent strength is still intact and is in a very good state of preservation. Yes.
However, some changes are made lately in the original building but due care is taken so as not to harm the overall harmony of the structure. The central courtyard which at present is used for parking vehicles of the employees of the corporation still have huge trees in it hosting a wide variety of birds, giving it still the same touch of nature which it would have once enjoyed.
The Building which is used at present as an office complex by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is one of the ancient monuments of Surat city and was built originally as a ‘Sarai’ or Musafarkhana (travelers’ inn). It was built during the period of Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1644 A.D. and was popularly known as ‘Mugal Sarai’.
The detail description about the sarai was inscribed on two marble stones each 3.65 m long which were being placed at its entrance gateway itself till middle of the 19th century. But later on they were negligently dumped in one of the rooms of this sarai and were left unattended for quite long time. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. A.D. Banerjee; an officer of Archaeological Survey of India, that these inscriptions were transferred to the Prince of Wales Museum of Bombay in 1929 and history of Mugal Sarai could thus be preserved there.
The description was inscribed in the Arabian script by Mohammed Amin of Mashahad, the translation of which was published in 1925-26. According to these inscriptions it was stated that though this building was built as sarai during the rule of Emperor Shahjahan in the name of Almighty Allah it was in fact believed to be a heaven during those days. In the last line of the script the year of construction of the sarai was also mentioned.
The instructions regarding the usage of this sarai were inscribed in small sized letters in the margin space of the article. It was mentioned that no rent shall be levied from persons like learned scholars, and pilgrims going to Macca and Madina and any other sacred or religious individuals intending to halt in the sarai, and the allotment of rooms to the soldiers in this sarai shall be strictly prohibited.
It was also instructed that the income from rent charged to the travellers other than those specified above shall be used for maintenance and repair of the building; wages of watermen and sweepers; purchasing fodders for animals, and rest of the income should be donated to the pilgrims going to Macca-Madina.
This sarai was built by Eshak Beg Yazdi who was initially a chief guard for the family of Begum Mumtaz Mahal and was later on appointed as a leader of the fleet of about 1000 horse-riders. He was honoured as Hakikat-Khan in 1673 and was since then popularly known by that name only.
The Emperor Shah Jahan used to give the entire revenue earned from the Surat port to his daughter Jahan Ara in order to meet her daily expenses. The management of this income was being done by Hakikat Khan who also became the chief officer of the Surat city from 1640 and during that tenure itself he built this sarai (1644). It is said that he had built it on the basis of same planning principles as that for sarais of Esfahan.
During the period when this building was in the charge of Britishers it was utilised for storage of military weapons and also as a prison at later stage.
On 23rd April 1852 Collector Rozers incepted the Surat Municipality with its office in the building of Head Post Office, Nanpura.
Later on the Mugal Sarai was handed over by the government for using as a Municipal Office complex in the year 1864 at the instance of the then President of Surat Municipality Mr. T.C, Hope and it was then renovated at a substantial cost. The clock tower at its entrance was added after this only.
The offices of Surat Municipality were shifted to this monumental building in the year 1867. Since then it is used for the same purpose by SMC and the area in which this building is located is still known as ‘Mugalisara’.
Surat Municipal Corporation is a local self government which has come into being under the Bombay Provincial Municipal Act, 1949. It carries out all the obligatory functions and discretionary functions entrusted by the BPMC Act, 1949.
Surat became one of the first municipalities of India in 1852, and was converted into a municipal corporation in 1966 under the Bombay Provincial Municipal (BPMC) Act, 1949.
Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) perceives its role as the principal facilitator and provider of services to provide a better quality of life for the city of Surat. SMC has responded to the challenges of fastest population growth and high speed economic development by adopting the best urban management practices.
With a visionary leadership and strong support from citizens, SMC has been instrumental in the transformation of the city and its growth. It serves estimated 5.5 million citizens and promises to deliver modern, accountable, transparent and progressive governance.
SMC has now taken up the challenge of transforming Surat city into the SMART City.
Whether you are a fitness buff or sports enthusiast, swimming has always been one of the best methods for improving stamina, fitness and overall health. If you have been looking out for having fun on the beaches and often felt reluctant because you didn’t know swimming. Are you someone with a fitness resolution for this year, which never actually took off. Then you must definitely check-out if swimming can bring some florishment into your life.
Swimming is one of the simplest exercises, yet it is one of the most effective methods for body fitness. It helps you in increasing agility and internal strength. It helps you to cut down your body fat and increase your muscle strength. As well as it boosts your confidence and will-power. It is as challenging as it can be in the initial days, but as you progress slowly, you will be interested to go into water daily to have your swimming strides. So let’s get rolling, to find out some of the swimming pools in Surat.
Swimming is all about agility, internal strength, will-power, confidence and discovering yourself !
Surat Municipal Corporation has constructed around 17 swimming pools around the city. Surti’s can take benefit of the same at nominal price. Membership to the pool, is divided into two categories, as learners/beginners and swimmers. Those who already know swimming and want to continue going to pool to maintain their fitness, they can take a learned swimmer membership and enjoy the benefits.
For beginners and learners, there is a different batch and they are provided with a Swimming coach, who helps with the basics and conducts the training for about a period of 3 months. The joining formalities for learning batch, starts one week prior to the start of tenure, for e.g. for Jan-March you have to visit in the last week of December. Batches are run in the following tenures.
Tenure for Learner’s Batch
January – March
April – June
July – September
October – December
You will need to register for training, by filling the application form, duly signed and attached with a photograph. The form needs to be attested by a medical practioner, holding a MD/MBBS degree. The fees currently is 1200 for 3 months and 100 Rs for registration charges.
For latest information on Swimming Pools in Surat, visit SMC website.
You can use the following map to locate swimming pool nearest to you.
Disclaimer : We try to provide latest information as per the changes in the rates/rules. However, Surat Diaries is not responsible for any kind of decisions taken based on the information provided above. We suggest you to visit nearest swimming pool or SMC website for latest updates and changes, before taken any decisions.